27 May 2012

Social Media Explosions

Recently I've had a bit of an adventure in social media, some for good, some for bad.
Humor is very important for me. I love humorous things. I thoroughly enjoy making funny comments, hearing hilarious comments, and just laughter in general. As such, it may not surprise you to learn that I spend my nights lying in bed thinking of funny things that happened, or at least could have happened.
The other night I was outstretched in bed thinking about Obama publicly supporting gay marriage, and I thought up a conversation that would be really awkward (aka, funny for everyone else) if it happened. Well, when you're retelling a joke you can't say 'Wouldn't it be funny if..... happened.' Instead you have to just say it as if it actually happened. So I wrote up a conversation that would have been really funny. I then posted it on Facebook. For those of you who don't have Facebook (just my Mom and Kim Jong Un [don't give in Mom! I know you're not tempted]), here's how the imaginary convo went (this is exactly how I posted it on Facebook):
My Girlfriend: Umm, I know it's only been five days, but there's something we need to talk about.
Me: Sure, what's up?
Girlfriend: Marriage... Your thoughts?
Me: Wow. Well, yea! I'm all in! Let's set a date and do it!
Girlfriend: Er, I was talking about Obama's new stance on same sex marriage....

Most. Awkward. Moment. Ever.
Now, as all you Holla Atchya! faithful know, what I write should rarely be taken seriously. I tend to embellish the information a little, take some creative liberties, and be more entertaining than factual. My Facebook friends don't really know that. This status became wildly popular (by my standards) with over 40 'likes' and 12 comments within the first two days. Wow! Everyone seemed to think it was funny and I was really Facebook popular. But then it started transferring into real life. Being popular on Facebook is a whole lot different than being popular in real life. First I got some texts from people congratulating me on my girlfriend that I was talking marriage with, even if it began awkwardly. Then I got a phone call from my cousin asking about the new woman in my life. I had to squash that rumor pretty quickly because my cousin is wildly popular herself and if she is misinformed my whole family will assuming very incorrect relationship facts. I cleared things up with her, but that didn't solve the problem. Another cousin of mine said my girlfriend asked 'Who the heck brings up marriage when they're talking about Obama and not your relationship?' I don't think she quite got it. Another friend congratulated this fictional girlfriend for so skillfully getting information on marriage out of me without directly asking. When my brother called to ask me about my girlfriend I was legitimately shocked. He knows me well enough to know that the story wasn't all true, but he was hoping there was some truth in it. Nope. The only truthful part was that Obama recently had a conversation about marriage that I read about. At this point in the week I learned I needed to put some sort of explanatory comment on my post, but I didn't get around to it. The very next day I went to a dance party, and two different girls came to me requesting more information about my awkwardly marriageable girlfriend. Ahhhh. By this point it had just gotten annoying. Enough it enough, you know? I was surprised more people didn't pick up on the fact that it was all a fabricated joke. I finally updated my status on Facebook to express it all as a joke, but fear the damage may already be done. I may have to conjure up a funny way we broke the engagement off just to put the story to rest. Turns out people actually believe what they read on Facebook...
In other news, I was part of a documentary being filmed at Duck Beach, North Carolina last year. It's all about a 'Mormon Spring Break.' It followed four Mormon singles during Memorial Day weekend last year, and documented their joys and struggles with Mormon singledom. I'm pleased to report my blurb was chosen to be in the official trailer. I can't necessarily say the movie looks completely accurate, nor do I think it's really going to be positive press for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but it's fun to see myself on a movie preview. It can be found here: http://duckbeachmovie.com/ (When you go to the link press on the big play button in the upper right hand corner). Mormons, for the most part are good, wholesome people, regardless of what this teaser suggests.


Emily J said...

HA! Love it. The whole post. BTW, I knew you were joking the whole time.

Megan M said...

Congrats on your fleeting Facebook popularity! While I found the joke hilarious, I never believed it. It cracks me up that so many people did.

Anonymous said...

You're predictable and popularity (esp. on Facebook) is overrated. (People who post frequently are more likely narcissistic.) Honestly, the loners are the ones that lead. Take away your Last Name and beard, would you have gotten that much attention (me think not)? ha.

-An Independent Mormon Angkor
En Provence avec l'Occitane

PS: Duck Beach definitely gives a new definition of "a peculiar people" or more like wannabe's.

Jenny said...

In my defense, I had not yet read your post when I asked you about the woman in your life. I had just heard it from someone who read your post. That exonerates me, right? :) And I feel a little better that lil' brother was also dubious.

I have an interview with a DC school this week!